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An image of The Saint, Sayan, Bali by Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis

(United States of America, Australia 1950 – )

The Saint, Sayan, Bali
printed 1987
Media category
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph

47.5 x 58.2 cm image; 50.7 x 60.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. sheet, ink "October 1986 Jon Lewis".
Gift of the artist 1987
Accession number
© Jon Lewis
Not on display
Further information

Jon Lewis' recent photography is distinguished by its ongoing commitment to issues of social justice and the preservation of human rights. He began exhibiting in 1974, was a member of Sydney's renowned 'Yellow House' and has been an active campaigner for animal rights. Lewis is perhaps best known for his early images of people on Bondi Beach and other portraits. However, his sympathetic photographs documenting the complicated plight and conditions of the East Timorese people now distinguish his recent more politically informed practice. 'The Saint', from an earlier series produced during the 1980s, depicts a man in an empty street smiling bashfully at the camera. This image demonstrates the way Lewis' photographs seek to explore the physical, spiritual and metaphorical connections between people and their surroundings.

Bibliography (1)

Natasha Bullock, Australian postwar photodocumentary, Sydney, 2004. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (2)

Portraits from Lombock, Bali and Beyond, Coventry Gallery, Paddington, 1987–1987

Australian postwar photodocumentary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jun 2004–08 Aug 2004